Join Alice Chen (Coach, Experience Designer, & Former Teacher) and Citizens of the World Charter Schools for a six session meaning making experience designed to provide space, support & tools for educators to process the tremendous change and transition they are experiencing in their work and in the world right now.

Session 1: Understanding Change & Transition May 28th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST

Session 2: Processing Grief & Loss June 4th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST

Session 3: Working With Anger & Powerlessness June 11th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST

Session 4: Prioritizing Through Your Values June 18th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST

Session 5: Setting Reasonable Expectations June 25th, 2:00-3:15 pm PST

Session 6: Planning Emergently July 2nd, 2:00-3:15 pm PST


Change happens in an instant. Transition takes time.

In the last six weeks, we have experienced a massive amount of change as a global community that has sent shockwaves through our personal lives and our educational system. Our daily lives have changed dramatically. Our teaching & learning landscapes have as well.

As educational leaders, you are not only experiencing & navigating change for yourselves and your families; you're also holding space for students, parents, and other members of your school community.

While social distancing will end at some point, it is lasting longer than we initially anticipated. And while we will eventually return to our physical schools & classrooms, the educational landscape we will return to is likely to be permanently altered in certain ways. As the weeks press on and the adrenaline rush caused by initial school closures and the shift to online learning begins to subside, we are being called to "settle in" to this transition, as well as to envision new possibilities for schooling. To do this, we will, as Brene Brown says, "need to grieve what we are losing while simultaneously creating a new future."

We all need space to process and make meaning of the uncertainties and complexities of this moment in time - especially when we are charged with taking care of others. In order to have the emotional and cognitive bandwidth required to support others and to tap into our creative faculties, we have to metabolize our own experiences. We need to share what we are feeling, receive empathy and support from others, and build our own toolbox for navigating change.

To this end, we've created a space just for you - 75 minutes of facilitated space, once a week for six weeks where you can set down your responsibilities to others and process what you're feeling, make meaning of your own experience and gather tools & language that will help you feel more resourced to navigate change and transition in this context and beyond.

What You Can Expect

Who This Is For

A diverse cohort of K-12 educators & school leaders who believe that inner work is critical to outer work and want a space, a community, & some tools to support them in making means of the massive change we've experienced in the last couple of months.

We are capping this cohort at 20 educators, with no more than 3 participants per school to provide opportunity for different groups of educators to participate.

Commitment & Logistics

All sessions will be held via Zoom. Sessions will be interactive (so you won't be staring passively at a screen for 75 min), include a brief warmup & instruction around a relevant tool, followed by an opportunity to apply the tool through individual reflection and peer dialogue.

Because the cohort is limited to 20, & each session builds on the last, we request that you commit to all 6 sessions.


We recognize that this is a tough time financially for many people, including educators & schools and want this experience to be accessible to all. Thus, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, & New School Ventures Fund will largely sponsor this learning series as part of the Roots Cohort experience. Learn more about Roots at www.rootscohort.org.

Participants will receive a confirmation email the week of May 18, and participants are invited to make a pay-what-you-can donation ($20-$65); link included in welcome email.

We Hope You'll Walk Away From This Experience With

Time to Reflect

To slow down, check in with yourself, & assess where you are at & what you need to be able to sustain yourself & support others through this transition


Genuine opportunities to connect with & hear from others, to support & be supported by teammates

Simple Tools

Language & lenses to understand the change we've collectively experienced and some simple tools to help you navigate through this transition with intention

Small Actions

A few right-sized actions you can take today, tomorrow & this week to focus on what matters most & move forward with a greater sense of groundedness & personal power

Your Facilitator

Alice Chen

Alice Chen is a coach, experience designer & former elementary school teacher who has worked with hundreds of leaders & organizations to navigate change & transition. For the last 3 years, she has worked with Citizens of the World Charter School network to build & implement a self-awareness & emotional literacy curriculum for students and the teachers that support them. Alice's mission is to ensure that everyone has the mindsets, relationships, skills & self-possession they need to navigate the uncertainty & complexity of the modern world without getting swallowed up by it. Learn more about Alice here.


We will explore the questions below, and the content of each session will build on the last, so we encourage you to attend all six. Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with additional information, logistics, & login information. If you have questions, please reach out to buildthefuture@cwcschools.org.

First Session: Understanding Change & Transition

May 28th – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • How does change impact us immediately & over time?
  • How have recents changes impacted you personally & professionally?
  • How are you currently responding to change?
  • How might you work with rather than against change in the coming week?

Second Session: Processing Grief & Loss

June 4th – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • What role do loss & grief play in change?
  • What are you/we grieving, and how is this impacting how you/others’ are showing up right now?
  • Where are you/aren’t you making space for grief in your workplace & homespace?
  • What might it mean & look like for you to make space for your own & others’ grief in the coming week?

Third Session: Working With Anger & Powerlessness

June 11th – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • What's the relationship between anger & powerlessness, and what role do they play in change & transition? 
  • Where do you currently feel powerful & powerless in your life, and how are you handling those situations?
  • How might you cultivate groundedness & tap into your sense of personal agency in the coming week?

Fourth Session: Prioritizing Through Values

June 18th – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • What role do personal values play in helping us navigate change & transition?
  • What are some of your most important values, and where are you honoring/not honoring them in your personal & professional life right now?
  • Given all that’s going on, what matters more/less in your world right now?
  • How might you align your time, energy, & resources in the coming week so that they honor your values?

Fifth Session: Setting Reasonable Expectations

June 25th – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • What role do our expectations play in how we navigate change & transition?
  • What are some of the expectations that you normally hold for yourself & others especially around pace, perfection, & productivity?  
  • What's reasonable to expect of yourself & others right now, and what does "good enough" look like?
  • How might you adjust your expectations in the coming week to support yourself in navigating this change?

Sixth Session: Planning Emergently

July 2nd – 2:00-3:15pm PST

  • What does it mean to “plan emergently,” and why is this a useful skill to apply in times of change & transition?
  • How are you currently “planning” in your life right now, and  what’s working/ not working about your approach?
  • What are some of the pressure points that currently exist in your personal & professional life?
  • How might you experiment with micro changes in the coming weeks to plan emergently?